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Clark County News


June 25, 1953


First Class Rating goes to Post Office at Neillsville July 1


A first-class post office for Neillsville – that is the word from Washington. Beginning July 1, 1953, Neillsville will have this recognition. The report calling for this classification was made some time ago by L.W. Kurth, the postmaster. The office was subsequently examined, and the claim was verified. The Notification has now come through.


In recent years, Neillsville has been a second class office. Its postal receipts were below the $40,000 mark, which is the dividing line. But in 1952, the postal receipts went beyond that prescribed limit. Actually, the volume was between $41,000 and $42,000.


The growth in recent years has been substantial. Postmaster Kurth recalls that in 1934, about the time he became postmaster, the postal receipts were around $18,000. Since then, there has been a steady development in business, together with changes in rates charged. Both of these elements have caused the present volume.


Celebration of the Centennial starts on Sunday, June 28


The celebration of the Centennial of Clark County will reach a climax next week. Beginning Sunday, June 28, the week will be full of significant events. The climax will be the Clark County Centurama, the great pageant, which will be presented at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. In case rain prevents the presentation of the Centurama on any scheduled night, the performance will be given on the first clear night after July 4. On each evening, the Centurama is preceded by an introductory feature, which varies from evening to evening. The Centurama itself is essentially the same on each of the four nights.


A feature of the celebration which has received little attention this far is the ceremony of the time capsule, which will take place Thursday morning at the courthouse. The capsule will contain important mementoes of the Centennial, including the Book of the Years, the Centennial publication. The Capsule will be marked for opening in 2053, a full century later.


Bad Smash but Good Landing in Collision


A blinding sunset played a part in the collision Sunday evening of a car driven by R.O. Bean of Neillsville, R2, with a car driven by Alfred Boushon of Chili, R1. The collision took place in the town of Lynn, about three miles south of the Chili corners and two miles west of the county line. Mr. Bean was proceeding west and the Boushon car south. The Bean car hit the left side of the Boushon car, which rolled over on its top and came to rest on its side in the ditch. The front of the Bean car was badly smashed


The collision was rough, but of five participants Mrs. Bean was the only person to need hospitalization. She was taken to the Neillsville hospital, where it was found that her injuries seemed to be confined to sundry bruises. It was anticipated that she would soon be released.


The Boushon car contained, in addition to the driver, Gerald Boushon, a brother, and Albert Boushon, a cousin. All three went through a loop worse than that of a wild roller coaster. Each of the three merged all in one piece and with that piece intact.


The officer called was Lorris Dusso of the traffic squad.


William Wagners at their Fifty-first Anniversary


A delayed wedding celebration was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs William Wagner, Granton, June 14.


Mr. and Mrs. Wagner were married on March 18, 1902, at the farm home of the bride’s parents adjacent to the village of Hayton, Wis., and immediately thereafter came to the farm purchased the previous fall in Lynn Township, Clark County.


Approximately 85 relative and friends were guests for dinner and a cafeteria style supper. The table was centered with a large wedding cake appropriately trimmed. The day was spent socially.


The couple has three children – Roland A. Wagner of Madison, Mrs. Arthur (Ethel) Manthey, Waunakee, Wis., and George L. Wagner, who purchased the home farm. One daughter, Gladys, died in Feb. 1952. They have four granddaughters and one grandson.


Present among the guests were attendants at the wedding – Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wagner, Chilton, Wis., who are brother and sister of the couple. They were the recipients of many lovely gifts.


Neillsville Women win Little Brown Jug in Golf


The women of the Neillsville Country Club gained possession of the “Little Brown Jug” trophy from the Marshfield women when they played a golf tournament at the Country Club last Thursday. Approximately 45 ladies took part in the tournament, which was followed by bridge. Arrangements were in charge of Edna Georgas, Helen Campman, Hazel Carlson and Connie Holum.


Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Flynn and three children have been named Central Wisconsin’s most typical family and were presented with many prizes for each member of the family.


Frank Stannard is Back After Forty-Four Years


Frank L. Stannard of Wenatchee, Washington, has driven to Neillsville for the Centennial celebration. It is his first visit to the Old Home-Town since he left it in 1890, 44 years ago. During that time, he has been active as a theater owner and a grocer. He is now retired, having turned his grocery over to a son.


Mr. Stannard is here in partial consequence of the expressed wish of his wife, who died recently. She had talked with him shortly before her death about a return for the Centennial; had expressed the wish that he come. Nothing was holding him, and so he made the long drive.


Mr. Stannard was born in Neillsville in 1866. His birthplace was the site of the present Peterson building, which was then the sheriff’s residence, located where the county jail is now. The house in which he was born was a small but comfortable frame house, which was removed to make way for the larger building. He came along too late to know the early pioneers. He did not know the first James O’Neill, the founder, but he did know Judge James O’Neill.


Frank Stannard’s father was one of the very early settlers, coming here in the ‘50s, as nearly as Frank Stannard can make out. The father’s name was John. Under the name of Stannard and Eyerly, he was one of the early grocers of the city.


Frank Stannard was growing into boyhood during the last years of the lumbering in the south half of the county. He recalls seeing the big drives in the Black River. He also recalls drives in O’Neill Creek. One of his early jobs was as a worker in the old Neillsville furniture factory. It is his recollection that the factory building had not yet burned when he departed in 1909.


The maiden name of the late Mrs. Stannard was Martha Saupe.


Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Winters of 304 Court Street, Neillsville, will hold open house Sunday, June 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. in observance of their 60th wedding anniversary.


Clip Those Pastures


One-half of the pastures in Clark County are wasted, according to Stanley W. Ihlenfeldt, Clark County agricultural agent.


The majority of the pastures in Clark County are only half harvested each year. Cattle graze on portions of the pasture and the balance grows up and matures. Once the pasture has matured, the cows will not eat it, since it is high in fiber content and becomes unpalatable.


Clipping pastures, three inches about the ground surface, will not only control many weeds which are ripening but will also cause the grasses to send up new shoots, which are highly nutritious and palatable. This makes a longer grazing period for the cattle.


Clipping should be done now in order to take advantage of the late spring rains and the growing season.


Mrs. Elmer Newall has returned home from a several days’ visit with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holroyd and family. She reports that the Holroyd children have been ill with flu, measles and mumps.


Approximately 100 relatives and friends gathered at the Thone Karnitz farm, route three, Neillsville, last Sunday to help in the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Karnitz’s silver wedding anniversary.


A dinner in the afternoon and a luncheon in the evening were served and included an anniversary cake baked by Mrs. Karnitz. Many gifts were received by the couple.


Friends were present from Tucson, Ariz., Waukegan and Lake Villa, Ill., Barron, Greenwood, Nekoosa, Black River Falls and Neillsville.


The Karnitzes were married June 20, 1928, at Greenwood. Their two children, Lois of Black River Falls and Kenneth and his family of Neillsville, were present.


Neillsville Hospitals Births


A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall, Fairchild, June 17.

A girl to Mr. and Mrs. Laurin Mallory, Neillsville, June 19.

A boy to Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGraw, Greenwood, June 21.


Athletics Lose to the Stratford Team


The Neillsville Athletics suffered their first Cloverbelt league loss of the season Sunday when they dropped an 8-4 decision at Stratford; but, despite this defeat, they noticed the first-half championship on their belts.


Sunday’s tilt gave the A’s an even 2-2 break in four games in the last week. Tuesday night, they made a track meet out of their fairgrounds date with Chippewa Falls, ending up with a 17-7 victory. DuWayne Rollins, a converted outfielder, chucked three innings, gave up one hit and received credit for the win.


Last Saturday night, the Athletics were bumped, 13-10, at Marshfield, and last week Thursday, they took a 9-7 decision from Thorp.


Because of the Centennial activities and the necessity of erecting the pageant staging, the Athletics will not make another appearance here until Sunday, July 5, when they are scheduled to meet Chili in the first game of the Cloverbelt League’s second half schedule.


The annual Cloverbelt All-Star baseball game will be held at the Neillsville Athletic Field Thursday night, July 9, with the first half champion Neillsville Athletics facing stars of other Cloverbelt league teams. Arrangements for the game were made at a meeting of team and league representatives Tuesday evening.


                                           Newlyweds Travel Like the Old Pioneers.

While Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Naedler were having their wedding pictures, their friends, in cooperation with Brothers of the Brush, prepared for them a ride behind the Centennial ox team. They were slightly overcome when they saw what impended, but the bride gathered up her long skirts, with grace and modesty, and promptly took her appointed seat, her husband a close second. Then the patient oxen started for the next wedding appointment, with Chap Paulson at the goad, and with an armed escort consisting of Dave Gallgher, Floyd Pietenpol, Art Murphy and ken Seelow.





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